"Brunch without Champagne is just a sad breakfast"
Ah the boozy brunch, a Hong Kong institution that is never going out of style. When it comes to lapping up fabulous city views, free-flow bubbles, and mountains of food, we certainly aren’t short on options in Hong Kong. So without further ado, let’s delve into the city’s most lavish Champagne brunches… and cancel our plans for the following morning.
The Grill at the Grand Hyatt
When the sun comes out to play, there’s no better way to spend the day that delving into a poolside barbecue buffet washed down with unlimited Delamotte Champagne or sparkling wine. Premium al fresco dining spot The Grill boasts an impressive selection of chargrilled seafood and steak, as well as refreshing salads, an eggs Benedict station, and a heavenly display of desserts to keep you nicely full as you chill by the pool. The perfect spot to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and lap up some rays.
The Grill at the Grand Hyatt, 11/F, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, (+852) 2584 7722 Saturdays and Sundays from 11.30am to 3pm $588 per person (additional $288 for free-flow sparkling wine/beer or $518 for unlimited Delamotte Champagne)
Kitchen at W Hong Kong
Kitchen at W Hong Kong is pulling out all the stops to bring us an afternoon of indulgence with its Bubbly Seafood Sunday Brunch. Guests can tuck into a huge open buffet piled up with fresh seafood, cold cuts, roast beef, sushi, and numerous hot dishes, as they overlook the tranquil Victoria Harbour. As well as whipping up spicy Bloody Marys, G&Ts, and a must-try Champagne Oyster Shooter at the cocktail station, they can also sip on free-flow Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne and lap up live funky beats from the hotel’s resident DJ. With such a cool ambience, spacious seating, and endless display of food on offer, it’s no surprise this brunch is such a hit with locals and expats alike.
Kitchen at W Hotel, 6/F, W Hotel, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, (+852) 3717 2299 Sundays from 12pm to 3pm $898 per person (includes free-flow Champagne, cocktails, and more)
Felix at The Peninsula
Another swanky hotel restaurant with a superb selection and excellent live music is Felix, perched on the 28th floor of the iconic Peninsula hotel. The recently launched Felix Brunch Series aims to tick all the boxes, and more. Guests can graze on a generously sized buffet which features all the usual suspects – fresh salads and cold cuts, a mountain of seafood, eggs cooked just the way you like them, and desserts to die for. They can also choose one main dish to enjoy, with options including things like wagyu burgers, Beef Wellington, and cheesy risottos. The real attraction, however, is the signature cocktail menu created by acclaimed mixologist Marko Petrovic, who is on hand to recommend the perfect pairing for whatever you choose to munch on. Then again, you could always opt for unlimited Peninsula Deutz Champagne or Ruinart Champagne for an additional price, or hit the Espresso Martini machine and enjoy the cocktail on tap. One or two drinks later and you might be tempted to dance along to the live Latin band which really brings the venue to life with its sexy salsa and tango numbers. This is Hong Kong brunching at its finest.
Felix, 28/F, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, (+852) 2696 6778
Available every Sunday from 11.30am to 3.00pm $898 per person (additional $192 for free-flow Peninsula Deutz Champagne, or $382 for Ruinart Champagne)
Clipper Lounge at Mandarin Oriental
If you’re looking for a more 'traditional' Hong Kong brunch, then fewer places nail it like the Mandarin Oriental’s Clipper Lounge. This Sunday feast boasts a seemingly endless array of decadent delights including fancy hors d’oeuvres, fresh seafood, sushi, an omelette station, and exquisite selection of more than 30 desserts which can be enjoyed while overlooking the hotel’s bustling lobby. To top it off, guests can sip on free-flow Moët & Chandon Champagne for an additional cost, which we must say, is absolutely worth it. Classy and classic, this is one that should definitely be on your Hong Kong bucket list.
Clipper Lounge, M/F, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road, Central, (+852) 2825 4007 Sundays from 12pm to 3pm $718 per person (free-flow Champagne an additional $400)
Harbourside at InterContinental
This Kowloon-based hotel is famous for its elaborate buffets and its Sunday Champagne Brunch is no exception. Diners can delve into an elaborate spread which features all the classics alongside a tempting array of Western and Asian dishes at Harbourside. The roast carving station with prime cuts of beef is definitely worth saving room for, as are the decadent homemade desserts, which can be savoured against the stunning backdrop of Hong Kong Island. What sets this. brunch apart, however, is the children’s entertainment which literally comes to your table and keeps little ones occupied with close-up magic, balloon twisting, and glitter tattoos. With the kids taken care of, and Perrier-Jouët flowing freely all afternoon, this is a great option for parents who want to let their hair down.
Harbourside at InterContinental, LG/F, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Kowloon, (+852) 2313 2323 Sundays from 11.30am to 3pm $898 per person (includes free-flow Champagne, wine, and beer)
Oyster & Wine Bar at The Sheraton
With its stunning panoramic view of Victoria Harbour, free-flowing Perrier-Jouët Champagne, and quite possibly the best oysters in Hong Kong, the Vivacious Sunday Champagne Brunch at the Sheraton’s Oyster & Wine Bar is a winner for those seeking pure decadence. Guests can not only tuck into unlimited servings of fresh oysters shucked to order, juicy steaks, freshly cooked eggs, and tantalising desserts, but also select an là cartemain dish. Choices include perfectly executed steakhouse classics, beef tenderloin, pan-roasted duck breast, and the must-try lobster Thermidor, to name a few. There are three Champagne packages to choose from too, whereby guests can enjoy free-flow Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut, Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé, or Perrier-Jouët Blanc de Blancs, but whichever they opt for, they’re in for one truly unforgettable Sunday feast.
Oyster & Wine Bar, 18/F, Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers, 20 Nathan Road, Kowloon, (+852) 2369 1111 Every Sunday from 12pm to 3pm Priced at $998 per person with free-flow Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut, Epernay NV, wine
$1,298 per person with free-flow Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé, Epernay NV, house wine
$1,498 per person with free-flow Perrier-Jouët Blanc de Blancs, Epernay NV, house wine
Dom Pérignon Ultimate Brunch at Ozone
We’ve saved the most lavish until last. The most extravagant weekend brunch – and unsurprisingly, the most costly – can be enjoyed at the world’s highest bar, on the 118th floor of the iconic ICC building. Ozone pulls out all the stops to bring Hongkongers an afternoon of decadence, featuring delectable dishes from land to sea, an extensive buffet of appetisers, savouries, and desserts, and most importantly, free-flow Dom Pérignon 2009. The menu rotates seasonally to bring only the freshest ingredients to the table, with highlights including Lobster Paella, Spanish Cold Cuts, Fresh Seafood, among others. The real attraction, however, are the dreamy bubbles that flow freely every Sunday afternoon.
Ozone, Level 118, ICC, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, (+852) 2263 2270 Every Sunday from 12pm to 3pm $1,488 per adult with free flow Dom Pérignon Champagne 2009 $2,368 per adult with free flow Dom Pérignon Rosé Champagne